Barter and dollars the new reality as Venezuela battles hyperinflation

As inflation soars, Venezuelans have been forced to find new ways to pay for essentials when the power supply allows Barter reads a simple sign on Angelica Monasterioss stall in Cupira, a town on the main road east from Caracas. Her niece painted the sign for her in early February, after spiralling inflation and vanishing reserves of hard cash made it hard to do business. We accept dollars and euros as well, she said with a grin, sitting beside rows of handmade yucca wafers, the towns speciality, balls of pure cacao farmed nearby and hand-carved toys. devastating blackout that struck last week has pushed it to the verge of collapse. Venezuela officially entered hyperinflation at the end of 2016, and …

Fox Corporation becomes stand-alone company as Disney deal set to close

FOX NEWS DIGITAL BEATS CNN TO FINISH NO. 1 IN MULTI-PLATFORM VIEWS, TOTAL MINUTES IN FEBRUARY Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting join Fox News as assets that will help make up Fox Corporation – which is officially a standalone, publicly traded company. It will begin trading on NASDAQ under the FOXA and FOX symbols. The company announced that former House Speaker Paul Ryan will join its board alongside Jacques Nasser and controlling shareholders founder Rupert Murdoch and CEO and chairman Lachlan Murdoch. Aragon Global Holdings founder Anne Dias, Media Ventures CEO Roland Hernandez and Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey have also been appointed to the Fox Corp. board. “We are thrilled to welcome our new colleagues to the Fox board,” Lachlan Murdoch said …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …

Former ‘Glee’ Star Jesse Luken Officially Charged With DUI – Three Months After Initial Arrest – Perez Hilton

Another run-in with the law for a Glee alum… this time, it’s Jesse Luken facing justice after officially being charged with driving under the influence a full three months after his arrest back in December on suspicion of DUI. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office charged the actor with one misdemeanor count of DUI, and one misdemeanor count of driving with at least a .08 blood alcohol content, At the time, cops said Luken’s Toyota was found up on the curb with its front airbag deployed and its right tire mangled, but fortunately nobody was hurt, and no other cars were involved. Jesse was in the front seat, and according to TMZ, he “reeked of booze” when cops showed up. He then apparently …

The College Admissions Scandal Isn’t Funny, It’s Infuriating Betches

Desperate HousewiveFull HouseHeads up, you need to keep up with the news. It’s not cute anymore. That’s why we’ve created a 5x weekly newsletter called The ‘Sup that will explain all the news of the week in a hilarious af way. Because if we weren’t laughing, we’d be crying. Sign up for The ‘Sup now! Images: Giphy (3), Twitter (2) Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Kentucky just passed a major abortion ban. Here’s how that could affect you.

Kentucky Legislature just became one more in a growing line of states to pass a strict abortion ban. Last night, the Kentucky state House passed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks, otherwise known as a “heartbeat bill.” What that means is any medical practitioner offering abortions would first have to check for a heartbeat, and if one is detected, they would not be legally allowed to perform an abortion. As of now, there are only a few exceptions to the ban, for example, if the mother’s life is in danger, but if someone is seeking an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis, the ban would stand. The bill has now been sent to the Republican Governor Matt …

Boeing Plans to Fix the 737 MAX Jet With a Software Update

The investigation into the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8, which killed 157 people on Sunday, is still in its earliest stages, but already regulators around the world have grounded the Boeing jet. The American FAA issued its own grounding order today, noting that, based on the wreckage and satellite-based tracking of the jet’s route, it found similarities between this crash and that of the Lion Air 737 MAX 8, which crashed in Indonesia in October, killing 189. Those similarities “warrant further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents that need to be better understood and addressed,” the FAA wrote. The thing is, Boeing and the FAA had already settled on a way …

Chris Wallace: No Way Trump Will Win In 2020 With Just His Base

Fox News host Shepard Smith on Friday that there’s no way  Smith asked if Trump is simply going to “stay with the base, placate the base and forget everybody else and just figure out a way come 2020?”  While his backers love his He suspects Trump hopes the Democrats will nominate someone “so far to the left … that it’s going to make it easier for him; he doesn’t have to pivot as far to the center” to pick up some of that support, Wallace added. Download Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Here’s How The Celebrity College Admissions Scandal Actually Worked Betches

Get ready for all of your Full House fantasies to be shattered because Aunt Becky is in hot water. Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and many other wealthy families were indicted yesterday on charges of mail fraud for using bribes to get their kids into elite colleges. On paper, these celebs were merely donating to charities that help “disadvantaged students,” but in reality the students they were helping are the opposite of disadvantaged. It was their own f*cking kids. Here’s how it all went down: rich people paid a man named William Rick Singer thousands of dollars to finagle their children into elite colleges like Harvard, Yale, and USC. Singer had a number of methods for rigging the system, including hiring …

Reputed Boss Of Gambino Crime Family Gunned Down In New York

Gambino crime family, was killed on Staten Island late Wednesday, the New York Police Department said. Although a blue pickup was reportedly spotted leaving the scene shortly after the shooting, authorities have not yet released details about a suspect. Cali was arrested in 2008 as part of a sweeping indictment by the Justice Department against organized crime. According to The Associated Press, he Six years later, Cali took over the Gambino crime family, replacing 68-year-old Domenico Cefalu, Gang Land News reported. Cali’s death was the first major shooting of a crime boss since 1985 when then-Gambino chief Paul Castellano was assassinated outside a steak house, Pix 11 reported. Castellano’s murder was arranged by John Gotti, who then took over as the family’s leader. Gotti …

NYPD backtracks, says officer wasn’t killed in 1999 shooting

NEW YORK – The New York Police Department says confusion surrounding a long-awaited arrest led officials to wrongly declare that an off-duty officer had been killed in a 1999 shooting in the Bronx. A police spokeswoman said Monday that Officer Vincent Ling survived and has since retired. Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted Sunday that Ling had been killed. Sgt. Jessica McRorie said in a statement that a misreading of the attempted murder charge on suspect Lester Pearson’s arrest warrant “led to the confusion about (Ling’s) death.” Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

30 People Whose Genetics Made Them Unique

#2 My Friend’s Iris Is Split In Half Those are some pretty colored contacts right? Nope, this person has heterochromia iridis, a genetic variation that manifests in multicolored eyes. The duel coloring is caused by an excess or lack of melanin resulting from genetics, disease or an injury. The perfect split you see in the image below is called sectoral heterochromia and occurs when there are two different colors in the same iris. There is a dominant color and then a splash of second one. #4 I Have Waardenburg Syndrome, Which Made Me Deaf On One Ear, Makes My Hair White And Made My Eyes Different Colors This man’s unique colorings are due to a rare genetic condition called Waardenburg …

People Called These 4 Photos Of Mine Fake, So I Decided To Explain How I Took Them

The idea of this article came from a recent photo series I saw on BoredPanda about viral photos people thought were real but were fake. It reminded me of some of my photos people always call fake. People online judge you really easily. It used to really annoy me when people called my work ‘fake’ when I spent countless hours planning and executing that particular shot. Now I don’t care as much anymore as I used to. This is the Internet, after all. And if I think about it, often I can’t blame them. Take the last super moon for example. More than half of the pictures you see online are indeed fake. People paste the moon in all kinds …

‘The Five’ take on Beto O’Rourke’s hand gestures

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke at the Central Park Coffee Company, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, last Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP While some commentators such as Gutfeld said the former congressman’s hand gestures were “absurd,” co-host Juan Williams pointed out that what’s not absurd was the amount of money O’Rourke had raised and how much Democrats took a shine to him. “People say, ‘we don’t know him, we don’t know his positions.’ Guess what, people like this guy,” Williams said. “He has real energy and you’re seeing some of the Obama people flock to his campaign.” Trending in Politics Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Compromise seeks to limit president’s emergency declarations

Lee and Tillis were among five GOP senators who met privately Tuesday at the Capitol with Vice President Mike Pence as Republicans sought a way to bolster support for Trump. Since the Democratic-run House voted last month to block Trump, Senate passage of the resolution rejecting the border emergency would send it to the White House, where it would face a certain veto — Trump’s first. By late Tuesday, there were indications that GOP opposition to Trump’s emergency along the Mexican border was softening. If it stands, the declaration would let Trump divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build border barriers, even though Congress had voted to limit him to less than $1.4 billion for barrier construction in …